How to Tell if Your Ducts Need to be Cleaned02/09/2017Generally, air ducts need to be cleaned every three to five years according to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. Dependent on a lot of factors—like your home’s location, whether or not you have pets, and how regularly your air filter has been changed, to name a handful—you may need to have air duct cleaning more or less frequently. So, how can you tell for sure when it’s time to have your ducts cleaned? There are absolutely some telltale signs when it’s time. Look for these clues: Are your cold air returns caked with dust or pet hair? Is there an obstruction in your cold air return vent? Are your registers carrying out dust? When you check inside with a flashlight, can you see a buildup of debris or pet fur? Have insects or rodents nestled in your ductwork? Can you hear sound other than your blower motor when you listen to the airflow? When your vents are fully opened, do any have a smaller amount of airflow than others? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s more than likely time to ask Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. in Muskogee about air duct cleaning. Prolonging Time Between Air Duct Cleaning There are a few things you can do to help keep your ducts cleaner and lengthen the period of time between professional cleanings. Mostly importantly, arrange regular HVAC maintenance with the professionals at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc.. A tune-up of your furnace each fall and your AC each spring, which should include inspection, and prospective replacement, of your air filter, will help keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, and will help keep your ducts clean. You can also chat with the team at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. about installing an air purification system. We provide the Lennox PureAir Air Purification System, Healthy Climate Carbon Clean 16 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate 11 Media Air Cleaner, Healthy Climate High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filtration System and Healthy Climate UV Germicidal Lights. Other actions you can take include: Consistently dusting and vacuuming your home. Examining your air filters routinely and replacing them when the manufacturer recommends changing them. Most filters will show dust on them after a short period in service, but they may not demand replacement. Sealing leaks in air ducts that let dust to come in from areas like your attic. Exchanging poor or impaired air-duct insulation. With a specialized air duct cleaning and some preemptive measures, you can help keep the air in your Muskogee home clean and healthy. Give the pros at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. a call at 918-682-8238 or set up an appointment online.